Demonstration of a multi-rotor helicopter

Near Earth Autonomy performs aerial phenotyping with custom sensor suites on small, autonomous helicopters. The sensor suites collect lidar shape data, color imagery, thermal infrared imagery, and hyperspectral imagery, then post-processing software builds maps and refined data products for plant breeders. As a demonstration during Phenodays, Near Earth will fly a multi-rotor helicopter and collect data that will then be shown the following day.

Program 2016

Wednesday, 26 October 2016





09:00- 09:15


Stefan Frey, Marcus Jansen, LemnaTec GmbH


Keynote Session 1

Rick van de Zedde, Wageningen University, UK


Approaches to full automation: high throughput analysis and the need for machine intelligence

Andrew French, University of Nottingham, UK


Phenotyping at the cell level and the need for a holistic approach to implement deep physiological phenotyping across scales

Thomas Roitsch, University of Copenhagen, DK


Session 1

John Doonan, Aberystwyth University


PlantCV 2.0: High-Throughput Image Analysis tools and Application

Malia Gehan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO, USA


Importance of growth chamber conditions for uniform plant growth and phenotyping

Carsten Richter, Conviron Germany GmbH, Berlin, DE


e-Agri: Integrating Sensors & Electronic Engineering to Deliver High Throughput, Low Cost, Plant Specific, Phenotyping

Bruce Grieve, University of Manchester, UK


Seed phenotyping: concepts and key technologies

Hardy Rolletschek, IPK Gatersleben,
DE PreSens GmbH, Regensburg, DE


Poster Session


Session 2

José Luis Araus Ortega, University of Barcelona


New Functional Feedback Phenotyping Platform for Controlling Soil Conditions and Evaluating Root-Plant-Atmosphere Dynamic Response

Menachem Moshelion, 
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL


Precision automation of tissue and cellular phenotyping classification and quantification based on microscopic images

Ying Zhang, Beijing Key Lab of Digital Plant, CN


Plant architecture measurement using a 3D reconstruction method suitable for high throughput plant phenotyping

Rick van de Zedde, Wageningen University & Research, NL


High speed, high volume phenotyping with robotized line for cereal kernels

Optomachines, Riom, FR

Thursday, 27 October 2016






Keynote Session 2

Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna


An automated robotic field phenotyping platform for monitoring plant and crop performance

Malcolm Hawkesford, Rothamsted Research, UK


Lightweight plant phenotyping platforms in large scale, multi-environment field trials

Jose Jimenez-Berni, High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre (HRPPC), Canberra, AU


3D-PAM-Imaging – Unite Photosynthesis and Morphology

Oliver Meyerhoff, Heinz Walz GmbH


Session 3

Marcus Jansen, LemnaTec GmbH


Multi-Modal Sensing of Sorghum Phenotypes from Small Unpiloted Aircraft

Paul Bartlett, Near Earth Autonomy Inc., Pittsburgh, USA


Characterization of papilla and hypersensitive resistance response of barley against powdery mildew by hyperspectral imaging and parallel histological and gene expression analysis

Matheus Kuska, University of Bonn, DE


Methods and tools for processing high throughput phenotyping plant data to quantify specific plant signals and identify plant architecture

Jean-Michel Pape, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, DE


Session 4

Paulo Hermann Jr, Embrapa Instrumentation


Zegami - Reconnecting Plant Scientists with their Plants

George Sainsburry, The Plant Accelerator, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility;
University of Adelaide, AU


Understanding the genetics of biomass formation in barley assessed by non-invasive phenotyping

Kerstin Neumann, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, DE


Portable Computed Tomography for seed analysis

Joelle Claußen, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits Development, Center X-ray Technology, Fürth, DE


Session 5

Argelia Lorence


Data analysis and digital phenotyping

Marco van Schriek, KeyGene, Wageningen, NL


HTP phenotyping plant resistance to insects by automated videotracking leads to novel genes in GWAS studies

Maarten Jongsma, Wageningen University & Research, NL


Taking the next hurdle: management of phenotypic data with PIPPA

Stijn Dhont, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB; Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, BE


"PhenoDays is overall a great meeting for anyone interested in plant high throughput phenotyping. I like that usually includes talks from the leaders in the field, tours to relevant facilities, and also that is small enough to allow one on one interactions with pretty much all attendees. I have gotten great collaborators at this meeting."

Argelia Lorence
Professor at Arkansas State University, USA

"Phenodays are a great meeting for researchers from different disciplines working in plant imaging and phenotyping science."

Dr. Anne-Katrin Mahlein
Institut für Nutzpflanzenwissenschaften und Ressourcenschutz
Universität Bonn, Germany

"Great opportunity to get all the latest advances in phenomics. Excellent planning and organization."

Dmitry Afonnikov, Ph.D.
Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS
Novosibirsk, Russia

"Phenodays, time to catch up with Pheno-Tech."

Menachem Moshelion
Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

"Phenodays, a great place to meet a community of practice around phenotyping issues."

Dr. Vincent Vadez
Director & Principal Scientist - Plant Physiology
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

"What struck me most upon visiting the Phenodays for the first time was the truly international character of this conference, at least four continents being well-represent."

Wouter K. Vahl
Postdoctoral Researcher at the
Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture in Freising

"Congratulations for another very successful Phenodays Freising, 2016. This is really a great opportunity for attendees to learn the most updated technologies in plant phenotyping in one place and within three days."

Hanwei Mei, Ph D,
Deputy Director
Shanghai Agrobiological Gene Center, China

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